Harris Abandons Run For President

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum on July 16, 2019 in Bettendorf, Iowa.
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Sen. Kamala Harris has ended her campaign for president, multiple news organizations reported

Harris informed campaign workers Tuesday of her decision to give up her faltering bid to capture the Democratic nomination in 2020. 

NEWS - Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential election today, I'm told reliably. She's informing staff now.

— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) December 3, 2019

The news comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom had planned to travel to Iowa to boost Harris' status in the pivotal state in the nomination process. 

Harris had recently fired staff in other states to concentrate her effort in Iowa. 

Harris launched her campaign amid expectations that she could emerge victorious from the crowded field of Democratic contenders. But recent polls showed her slipping against rivals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

During the past 10 months on the campaign trail, she had rolled out a number of policy proposals, like increasing pay for teachers and nationally decriminalizing marijuana.

Before becoming California's junior senator in 2017, Harris was the state's attorney general and San Francisco's district attorney.